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"Historical" Movies

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Alaric
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Postby Alaric » Tue September 9th, 2008, 2:32 pm


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Kingdom of Heaven

Postby chuck » Tue September 9th, 2008, 2:39 pm

"MLE" wrote:It seems that historical movies are coming back into vogue, although I cringed when I heard of the plot for 'Kingdom of Heaven' and looked up the real figures on whom it was based. The upshot was that I did not go see it, altho I will probably see it on DVD sooner or later.
During the 50s and 60s historical epics were quite popular. They probably weren't any more accurate, but back then I didn't have google to check them out!
One of my favorites was a Charlton Heston film set in Sudan, I can't remember the name, where some Islamic jihadist tried to take over a city. (why can't I remember the name? It was the same as the city, I think.)


Regarding "Kingdom of Heaven" I suggest you watch the the Director's Cut....a bit longer, story makes a bit more sense and the character are fleshed a bit more...Historically it's still a stretch....still your watching Crusaders and Templars in action...Handsome looking film....

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Postby chuck » Tue September 9th, 2008, 3:01 pm

I'm stuck in the past regarding Historical Films....One of my favorites is "Rob Roy' 1995.... Liam Neeson , Jessica Lange, John Hurt, and Tim Roth..... a romp of a film....Strictly Legend in content ....excellent acting, costumes, interesting characters and the Highlands.....the sword fight between Liam and Tim Roth is one of the best....Tim Roth is a very fine villain.....My opinion only.....much better than Gibson's sham "Braveheart"

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Postby TerriPray » Tue September 9th, 2008, 5:00 pm

I've been watching a lot of historical movies and mini series of late, Netflix has an instant play option, and you can get a box for it that hooks to the tv, which has allowed me to watch things like Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend, Scarlet Tunic etc.
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Rowan
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Postby Rowan » Wed September 10th, 2008, 12:49 pm

Well I watched Mrs Brown last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I got the impression that she clung to John Brown's presence because he'd worked so closely with Prince Albert and he (Mr Brown) was her last link to her husband. I think she even says something to that affect at one point in the film.

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Postby Spitfire » Wed September 10th, 2008, 7:06 pm

The last historical movies I watched was Anne of the Thousand days and Mary Queen of Scots...very good. But lately I have been watching old All Creatures Great and Small reruns. Love those shows, they always give me a warm fuzzy feeling when I watch them. :)
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Postby Tanzanite » Wed September 10th, 2008, 8:15 pm

I really like Anne of the Thousand Days. I haven't watched Mary, Queen of Scots yet. There was a movie I watched a year or so ago about Elizabeth I that was made in the 70's (I think). I can't remember who was in it, but I liked that one as well.

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Postby princess garnet » Wed September 10th, 2008, 9:10 pm

"Tanzanite" wrote:There was a movie I watched a year or so ago about Elizabeth I that was made in the 70's (I think). I can't remember who was in it, but I liked that one as well.


Did it feature Glenda Jackson in the lead role?

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Postby Tanzanite » Wed September 10th, 2008, 11:38 pm

You know, after looking at some information regarding the movies, I think it actually was the Mary, Queen of Scots movie that I saw. I know it wasn't 6 hours long (which would be the Elizabeth series with Glenda Jackson). But since she is also in the MQoS movie, that could be why I was confused. :confused: :o

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Postby annis » Thu September 11th, 2008, 2:07 am

Those legendary historic meetings! Brings to mind another one which we mentioned on another thread- the meeting between Pope Leo and Attila the Hun. It was a great piece of propaganda for the Church, and widely believed for centuries, but in fact it never happened.
This mythical meeting was the subject of a famous painting by Renaissance artist, Raphael.


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